To say I love my BusyBodyBook planner/organizer is an understatement. I’m about to start my third planner, and I’m hooked! When I started using the BusyBodyBook with it’s unique 5-column grid system, I had never been able to stick with a planner. Oh, I always started out using it — filling in not only appointments and deadlines, but lists of things to do, menu ideas etc. But my resolve to use a planner in the way its intending always fizzled after a few months.
Not so with the BusyBodyBook. Perhaps because when I got my first one, I had more to keep up with — more kids, more deadlines, more appointments. But I think it was the user-friendly format that opened up new ways of using it that caused me to become dependent on it.
For me, the layout is ideal.
The right side of the page holds a week’s worth of the 5-column grid. I use the first column for appointments and regularly scheduled activities. The second column is devoted to keeping track of my hours for the freelance work I do. Column three is for keeping track of giveaways and scheduled blog tours for 5 Minutes for Books and 5 Minutes for Mom. Columns four and five are sort of for overlap. When I’m on my game, I use the last one for meal planning, but that doesn’t always happen (however it does make a lot more sense to keep it there than on the back of shopping list, which is the other place it ends up).
The left side of the book is blank on the first half and has a lined to-do list (complete with a place to check it off) on the right side. This side of the page gets my brainstorms, my hope-to-do list of household chores and errands, reviews that need to be written etc etc.
The BusyBodyBook organizer comes in two formats: The school year from August 2009 – August 2010 or the calendar year January – December 2010. I get my act together when we go back to school, so I always use an August – August planner.
They also have a wall calendar, which uses the same grid-system, but it now has seven grids. So you can devote a column to each family member’s schedule, keep one for meal planning so that all can see what’s for dinner, or write across two columns to keep more detailed information.
The Busy Body Calendar runs from August 2009 – December 2010.
We have one BusyBodyBook calendar and one planner to give away, so leave a comment stating if you’d prefer the planner (Aug – Aug or Jan – Dec) or the calendar, or either one.
This is part of the 2009 Back-to-School Giveaway. We’d love it if you helped spread the word!
- Leave a comment on this post as your entry.
- This contest is open to U.S. residents only. One entry per person.
- New giveaways will be posted through August 26. Winners will be announced August 31.
- Check out the list of the other giveaways in the 2009 Back-to-School Giveaway at the main post.
Jamie Z says
I love finding new ways and tools for organization. This would work perfectly for our family!
Neas Nuttiness says
Oh – I would love love love to win this one.
Thanks so very much!
I think I need the calendar more.
Would love to try this
I didn’t think I needed this…until yesterday afternoon. My youngest two started kindergarten and my oldest started third grade yesterday. When they got home I found three different schedules and notes and leader lists, etc….I need help!!
The planner looks really good!
I’d love the planner! Thanks for the chance!
I’d love the calendar! Thanks!
Linda Kish says
My life could use some organization
This would be a great organizational tool!
I have found several planners but none look like this one and the calenders look great too. the colors and patterns might even motivate a mom to use it keep it with her at all times
The planner looks great (either version!), thank you for the entry.
The calendar with seven grids would be great to give my daughter, who is a mother of 6 school-age children!
Christie Jensen says
always need help getting organized!
I’d love the Aug-Aug planner. What a great concept!
Lisa Mazzara says
Oh wow!!!! I’d love to try out these calendars! The one I’m using just doesn’t cut it. Thanks for the chance.
I would love the calendar!
Julie Smith says
Either the calendar or the planner would be great! My dilemma would be whether or not to keep it for myself or give it to my oldest daughter who works, goes to school, and takes care of a house, husband, and children!
I’d love the calendar!
Nancye Davis says
Maybe this would help me to be organized!!
nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net
Monique Rizzo says
I would really use the planner. Thanks for the chance.
This is so where I want to be. I dream about planning like this!
That’s exactly what I need to keep Awana, MOPS, school, blogging organized! I want the Aug to Aug!
Jaclyn Reynolds says
I haven’t used an organizer in years and keep missing important dates and would love to get back in the habit.
Julie L says
I would like the planner from Jan-Dec. thanks
Benita G. says
I’d prefer the planner, but if I won either I’d shout Yippee!
Randy Bailey says
I would choose the Aug.-Aug. planner for my daughter, she really needs it 2 help her with her 4 kids in school.
I would prefer the Jan – Dec planner. However, any of them would be great!
The Wall Calendar and definitely August to August. I love the grid system. Awesome.
I’d prefer the planner Jan – Dec. I’ve been wanting one of these!
Either would be great for us.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Terra Heck says
I’d be happy with any, but my preference is the Jan. – Dec. planner. Thanks.
Tiffany Valentine says
I would love love love the planner! I’ve tried several different family-mom planners over the years (and not been impressed). I am ready to try BusyBodyBook. Thanks for the chance to win one!
Kathy Scott says
I have two kids who love sports and I am a CPA. I need help remembering everything that needs to get done.
Debra F says
I’d love to win the calendar. We are so busy and have a hard time keeping up with all our activities and appointments.
Ed Nemmers says
My daughter in law needs one of these to keep her organized.
Heather Goldsmith says
Thanks! With kids back to school, occassional weekend work and my husband’s shifts/workdays always getting changed I need this. Bad!
I’d love to win.
This planner looks like it really covers all bases. Thanks for the great find.
I would love the planner!
Mary Ewell says
The Jan-Dec planner would be great.
Cherie J says
These sound great. I love the Aug- aug format. So helpful for when you are back to school with the kids. Gotta love it.
Julie H says
Life is already busier with the activities that begin before school starts. Looks like a great planner–please count me in.
Marj M says
The Jan-Dec planner would be the one I would choose.
What a wonderful tool. Thanks for the giveaway.
Kelly F says
I would love the Jan-Dec planner!